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ALAS holds inaugural meeting
On March 7, 2008, the American Association of Latino Orthopaedic Surgeons (ALAS) held its inaugural luncheon meeting in San Francisco. The keynote speaker was Augusto Sarmiento, MD, AAOS past president. The luncheon featured installation of the group’s first slate of officers, headed by Ramon L. Jimenez, MD, as president.

AOA “Own the Bone” program shows promise
Data from the American Orthopaedic Association’s (AOA) “Own the Bone” pilot program document significant improvement in efforts to coordinate and enhance care of patients with fragility fracture. According to the report, which appeared in the January 2008 issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, the performance of orthopaedists in educating patients regarding the prevention of fragility fractures, and in educating primary care physicians about the risks of osteoporosis and secondary fractures, nearly quadrupled. Compliance in providing patients with education regarding intake of calcium and vitamin D more than doubled during the program. The education of fracture patients about the benefits of exercise and smoking cessation was also statistically significant. The full article is available at
www.jbjs.org

The AOA hopes that the initial positive results will help to secure additional funding to introduce the program to more hospitals in 2008 to reduce the incidence of preventable secondary fractures due to poor bone health.

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